February 28th, 2011
09:12 AM ET

United States to push for tough sanctions against Libya

WASHINGTON (CNN)–Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Geneva, Switzerland Monday to meet with European Union foreign ministers.  Clinton is expected to press them to approve tough sanctions on Libya in response to its crackdown on an anti-government protesters.

Clinton will address the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva ans later hold a press conference.

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi seemed increasingly cornered as security forces defected to the opposition in a town near the capital and the United Nations Security Council voted for tough restrictions and possible war crimes charges against the Libyan regime.

On Sunday, Gadhafi criticized the Security Council resolution, passed over the weekend, telling private Serbian station Pink TV by phone that council members "took a decision based on media reports that are based abroad." He added, "If the Security Council wants to know about something, they should have sent a fact-finding committee."

The Security Council measures - which include an arms embargo, asset freeze and travel bans for Gadhafi and members of his family and associates - also refer the situation unfolding in Libya to the International Criminal Court.

Secretary Clinton said the Security Council measures form "one of the speediest international responses to a government targeting its own people."

"We recognize the killings are ongoing," Clinton told reporters en route to a meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Switzerland. "We recognize we need to advance the humanitarian, the military, judicial, and even forensic planning already under way."

Topics: Hillary Clinton • Libya • Uncategorized
Tracking the White House Council on Jobs members' political donations
President Obama, flanked by GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt and White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, speaks to members of his Council on Jobs and Competitiveness
February 28th, 2011
08:30 AM ET

Tracking the White House Council on Jobs members' political donations

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The president convened the first meeting of his newly created White House Council on Jobs and Competitiveness last week, with hopes gleaning information to boost hiring in the short term and improve the nation's place in the global economy in the long term.

"It's critical for us to have input from folks who are actually hiring, putting people to work, making payroll, making the products and services that make our economy so powerful," President Obama said in the meeting last Thursday, which was open to the press for only the first few minutes.

So just who is on this council?

The White House released the names and bios of 22 men and women, each of whom has excelled in his or her career in business and labor (see below for White House-provided bios).

The group is helmed by the CEO of GE, Jeffrey Immelt.

What most on the council have in common is their willingness to donate money to political candidates and parties.  In fact 20 of the 23 members (including Immelt) made financial contributions in the 2008 and/or 2010 election cycles, according to opensecrets.org.

Their combined household donations to Democratic and Republican candidates, parties, and PACs in the two election cycles comes to $1,772,439.

Of that, $1,449,094 went to Democrats while just $312,245 was donated to Republicans. $11,100 was directed toward Independents or others.


Topics: Economy • President Obama • The News • Uncategorized • White House
POTUS schedule for Monday, February 28
February 28th, 2011
07:42 AM ET

POTUS schedule for Monday, February 28

President Obama and Vice President Biden will host a meeting with a bipartisan group of governors today in the State Dining Room, where Dr. Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama, the VP, and the president are each expected to speak. In the afternoon, the president will meet with with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in the Oval Office to discuss the humanitarian, diplomatic, legal and other actions needed to put a stop to violence against civilians and to ensure that UN agencies and UN members mobilize to provide humanitarian assistance to Libya’s people.

9:45AM          THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing

Oval Office, Closed Press

11:00AM        THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet with a bipartisan group of governors

State Dining Room, Pooled Press

2:10PM           THE PRESIDENT meets with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon

Oval Office, Pool Stills Only Spray at the Top

Briefing Schedule

3:00PM           Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney